Lübeck, Oct. 24, 2014. The films of the “Specials” series are especially close to the heart of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2). The section previews Nordic films that are soon to be released in German cinemas, such as Mikkel Nørgaard’s “The Absent One”, the second time the director has filmed a Jussi Adler-Olsen thriller, Hans Petter Moland’s black comedy “In Order of Disappearance” or Liv Ullmann’s film version of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie”.
But the section also includes films just waiting to be discovered, such as Katrin Ottarsdóttir’s psychological drama “Ludo”, the first feature to emerge from the Faroe Islands in 15 years, Jan Vardøen’s blithe “Heart of Lightness”, a movie-within-a-movie story about filming Ibsen under the midnight sun, or Dag Johan Haugerud’s “I’m the One You Want”, a woman’s confessional monologue about her impossible relationship.
Finally, the NFL honours the guest country of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair with gems of Finnish film history that pay homage to the country’s grand storytelling tradition. From the 1930s comes “The Song of the Scarlet Flower”, Teuvo Tulio’s absorbing melodrama about a rogue who rides the rapids on logging rafts and breaks female hearts along the way, and Valentin Vaala’s “Hulda from Juurakko”, a feminist tale based on a play by Hella Wuolijoki. The “Finnish new wave” of the 1970s is represented by Risto Jarva’s “The Man Who Couldn’t Say No” and Mikko Niskanen’s “Eight Deadly Shots”, the groundbreaking four-part TV series with a total running time of five-and-a-quarter hours, which Aki Kaurismäki called the best thing ever filmed in Finland. At the NFL, it will be shown in two parts one after the other.
The Estonian short “Ivan’s Day” will be shown together with the Norwegian “I’m the One You Want” in a screening titled “Love without Borders”.
The complete programme of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck is online at www.filmtage.luebeck.de. Users can also set up an individual day planner for the festival. Advance ticket sales begin on October 25 at 3:00 pm online at the festival’s homepage and at the CineStar Filmpalast Stadthalle in the Mühlenstrasse.
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